Coastal Carolina football coach Joe Moglia now has two vacancies to fill on his staff heading into his second year with the program as it was announced Monday that defensive line coach Brandon Noble has accepted the same position at Temple.
Noble, who was the first assistant coach hired by Moglia last January after he took over at Coastal, gets a promotion from the FCS to FBS level while returning to a familiar place and reuniting with a familiar face.
Noble was college teammates with new Temple coach Matt Rhule at Penn State in the mid-1990s before going on to play in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, and he had moved his family from the Philadelphia area when he accepted the job with the Chanticleers last winter.
“We’ve kept in touch and we’ve run into each other at coaching conventions and on the road recruiting,” Noble said of Rhule. “He reached out to me after he got the job after Christmas to see if I wanted to come work for him. … It’s a step up. It’s Division I [FBS] football. It’s a better financial situation for me, and the other part of it is I was comfortable with where we were moving. We had just left Philadelphia, so we’re moving back home. My parents are there, my wife’s entire family is there, my kids are very comfortable there. So it’s an easy move.”
Noble is the second assistant coach to leave the Coastal staff this offseason following recruiting coordinator Mike Gallagher, who resigned last month without another job in place because he said he wanted to pursue a more defined coaching role as a position coach elsewhere. Noble, meanwhile, continues his ascent up the college coaching ladder after joining the Chants following a season working under Moglia with the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks and two stints at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
“He had the opportunity to make more money and move back home,” Moglia said in a text message relayed through CCU associate athletic director for media relations Mike Cawood. “Remember, he came to us from West Chester [University], so he lived in that area and raised his family there for quite a while.”
Moglia has yet to fill Gallagher’s void and it’s unclear when he plans to add to his coaching staff. He said last month the priority and focus for the time being was on securing the recruiting class that will be announced next month on National Signing Day.
Coastal went 8-5 in Moglia’s first season while earning the program’s first-ever FCS playoffs victory with a 24-14 win at Bethune-Cookman before losing in the second round at Old Dominion. The Chants finished No. 24 in the final FCS national poll released by The Sports Network on Monday. That tied for the second-best final ranking in program history. Coastal also finished No. 24 in 2004 and 2005 and was No. 14 in that same poll in 2006.
As for Noble, he said the opportunity at Temple was just too good not to take.
“I’ve grown attached to everybody. It’s hard to leave people you enjoy working with, but it was the right move for me and my family,” Noble said. “I’ve learned a ton. One thing about working for coach Moglia, he’s definitely not your average football coach. He brings a lot of different things to the table [like focusing on] time management, doing what’s important, little things like that you don’t always get in other situations. So I was fortunate to work for Joe and get to know him. I enjoyed working for him. I learned a lot from the rest of the staff. …
“I got to work with a great group of young men that really bought into what I was selling and we were selling as a staff. I think I became a better football coach, and I’m going to take that to Temple with me.”
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